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TxDOT Remembers Fallen Worker During Work Zone Awareness Week

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to The El Paso Times, dozens of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) employees, dressed in orange safety vests, gathered on April 11 to honor one of their own. The family of a man who was hit and killed while working along US 54 last year was presented with a flag from US Rep. Pete Gallego, as a pair of work boots, gloves, safety vest and helmet sat in an empty chair. The tribute came on the final day of Work Zone Awareness Week. The worker was killed on June 25, 2013 when he was hit by a Camaro on US 54, as he was setting up a traffic sign with another worker. The car did not stop. Earlier this year, the 23-year-old driver that hit the worker pleaded guilty to manslaughter and causing an accident involving injury or death. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. There have…
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New Study Maps Austin Bike Wrecks and Includes Austin’s Most Dangerous Streets

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to Culture Map Austin, a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) revealed the most dangerous streets in Austin for bicyclists. Using data from the Texas Department of Transportation, the project mapped 1,430 bicycle wrecks reported to local police from 2009-2014. The map details the location of the crash and, by using Google’s Street View, allows users to see the exact place where the wreck or accident occurred. By aggregating this data, the study offers city planners and leaders information to analyze locations for new bike lanes, something that is increasingly important as more people look for alternative ways to commute. Where are the Most Dangerous Roads in Austin for Bicyclists? The top honor for most dangerous road goes to Guadalupe Street, which is not terribly surprising considering that many University of Texas students cycle to and from campus on this busy thoroughfare. South Congress Avenue took…
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Austin Construction Worker Hospitalized After an Elevator Crushed His Head

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to KXAN, a construction worker in his 30s is in the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries after EMS officials say an elevator crushed him at a downtown Austin construction site. The accident happened at the Colorado Tower building, which is currently under construction by DPR Construction. EMS crews got the call about the accident shortly after 10 a.m. on April 9 at 302 Congress Avenue, where they said the elevator pinned the man’s head. Medics described it as a “crush injury” and took him to University Medical Center Brackenridge with the critical injuries. DPR Construction said this in a statement released the day of the accident: “We are working with OSHA and the Austin Police Department to fully investigate the causes of this incident and will share updates as we receive them. All work onsite has been halted currently. We can confirm that it impacted only one of our…
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